Immigrant Practitioner Resources



The resources in this part of the Directory are for individuals working in the field of PLAR. Individuals may work in number of different settings, including educational institutions, immigrant organizations, credential assessment organizations, regulatory bodies, government or business. The listings include province-wide organizations (with the mandate of advancing PLAR in that province) and institutions with strong resources and PLAR training courses.

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Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfers – Prior Learning and Recognition Resource Alberta’s Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education released “Advancing PLAR in Alberta: an Action Plan” in 2008. Since then, work has been done to implement the plan in order to increase capacity for PLAR in Alberta’s advanced education system. Tel: 780.422.9021
BC PLAN (British Columbia’s Prior Learning Action Network) Web Resource BC PLAN is a network of individuals and organizations promoting increased access to post secondary credentials and skilled employment through the recognition of the skills and knowledge adults being to post-secondary institution, to business and to industries across BC. While the organization is still active, the website has increasingly dated material (as of Mar 2015, not updated since Apr 2013)
Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning Resources PLIRC (Prior Learning International Research Consortium) aims to stimulate innovate and provocative research concerning the recognition of prior learning. Resources include a searchable research database and info about a “Handbook of the RPL.” Kamloops & International
Canada Toll Free: 1.800.663.1663 x 6820
Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) Resources/Tools National organization conducting PLA research. In addition to resources for both practitioners and immigrants, CAPLA is working on two projects: Pan-Canadian RPL Quality Assurance Project and the RPL Messaging for Immigrant Coming to Canada Project. Online contact form
Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) Resources Currently conducting research and undertaking pilot projects to develop and test systems and tools for both competency-based assessment and credential recognition. Pilots include one with Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) to create a Canadian Learning Transfer System, and with the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials, where the CICIC features profiles for many unregulated occupations, including those in tourism. Tel: 613.231.6949
Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC) Resources In the absence of any Federal Ministry of Education, CMEC provides any coordination between the provincial education ministries, which not only provide funding and policy for formal education and post-secondary education, but also for qualifications, regulated occupations, lifelong learning and RFP. Also provides information on qualification recognition for people who wish to come to Canada to study and work. CMEC’s mandate internationally is that of coordinating the collective responsibility of the provinces and territories for education where activities concerned require that Canadian educational authorities speak as a whole. Telephone: 416.962.8100Fax: 416.962.2800E-mail: INFORMATION
Resources Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) – international assessment of the foundational information – processing skills required for participation in the social and economic life of advanced economies in the 21st century. Features key documents, emerging themes, analysis and relevant websites.
Government of ManitobaAdult Learning and Literacy-Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) Resources Provides information on PLAR, including FAQs, RPL manual, Guide for Adult Learning Centres and PLAR Policy Framework.
Manitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network (MPLAN) Resources MPLAN members participate in discussions, meetings and professional development opportunities to support and advocate for the recognition of prior learning. MPLAN was established in 1995 and has over 125 members represent organizations such as adult learning and literacy centres, employment and training programs, colleges, universities, immigrant-serving agencies, and governments. Email:
Red River College Resources PLAR training: PLAR Foundation Training and Advanced PLAR Practitioner. RPL Professional Development:
RPL Facilitator, Deb Blower
Tel: 204.632.2065
New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) Resources Multicultural Employment Support Network enables NBMC to assist Employment Counsellors working with newcomers by offering PLA-based service and support materials, shared resource networks and professional development opportunities. Tel: 506.453.1091 x 2
NBPLAR (New Brunswick Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) Resource Promotes and facilitates the delivery of prior learning and assessment and recognition (PLAR) practices in New Brunswick through increased awareness, collaboration and common terminology and tools. NBPLAR Action Group is made up of 20 members who are PLAR stakeholders and invited by the Ministry of Postsecondary Education, Training and Labour to participate. Claudette Mazerolle
Tel: 506.444.3579
Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS) Regional Literacy Network Tool, resource and service “A Resource Manual for Competency Portfolio Development” designed to take practitioners and their clients through four specific steps and actions to produce a portfolio Tel: 705.749.0675
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Resources RPL Practitioner Advanced Certificate Program (distance education) introduces participants to the field of PLAR and include advanced training in PLAR practices for advising PLAR candidates and developing and implementing PLAR assessments. Programs
RPL Coordinator,
Grant MacTavish
Tel: 306.765.1521
Community, Career and Employment Partnership Program (CCEPP) Prior Learning Working Committee (RPL) Resources Brings together partners to discuss recognition of prior learning including portfolio development. It is comprised of partners from community agencies, educational institutions and government partners. Tel: 709.579.6606
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